Areas

  • Renaissance-Golden Age
  • Colonial and Postcolonial
  • Modern and Contemporary Peninsular
  • Modern and Contemporary Spanish America

Ph.D. students complete a minimum of 54 credits. Students coming to Catholic University with an M.A from another institution may transfer up to 24 credits.

  • Distribution of credits for students transferring 24 credits*

    Our M.A. students complete 30 credits, or 10 courses, during their M.A. coursework.

    • ML 521 Principles and Practice of Second Language Teaching
    • ML 531 Theory and Criticism
    • 4 area courses (1 in each of the four areas)
    • 3 area courses (1 in three of the four areas)
    • 1 free elective course**

    *Students transferring less than 24 credits will decide the distribution of any extra credits with the director of graduate studies.
    **A course on the History of the Spanish Language through the consortium is recommended for students specializing in Golden Age.

  • Distribution of credits for students with an M.A from Catholic University

    Students are required to earn a minimum of 24 credits beyond the credits counted for the M.A.

    • 4 area courses (1 in each of the four areas)
    • 3 elective courses (within the department)
    • 1 free elective course outside of the Modern Languages and Literatures department*

    *A course on the History of the Spanish Language through the consortium is recommended for students specializing in Golden Age.


Directed Reading Courses

The department offers directed reading courses to accommodate the needs of individual students under special circumstances.

Transferring Credits

Up to 24 transfer credits completed in an accredited graduate program with a grade of B or better may be applied toward the Ph.D. degree. This credit transfer must be recommended by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Department Chair, and approved by the Academic Dean.

Consortium Classes

The Director of Graduate Studies may recommend classes in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. For information on member institutions see: http://www.consortium.org/consortium/index.cfm 

A student may take a consortium course only for credit and must have the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, Chair, Dean and consortium coordinator.